The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a request for information on reducing undue data collection burdens on organizations receiving grants to provide HIV prevention, treatment and care services.
“At present, HHS Operating Divisions that fund these services use a mixture of non-interoperable information processing systems to collect programmatic, fiscal and other data from grantees,” according to the RFI. “Moreover, these systems often utilize different indicators to monitor the progress of HIV/AIDS programs that vary in their specifications (e.g., numerators, denominators, time frames) and other key parameters.”
Consequently, the department is looking for comment on strategies to streamline and standardize data collection “while preserving the capacity to monitor the provision of high quality services.” The seven-question RFI covers the extent of administrative burdens, monthly costs to fulfill reporting obligations, specific recommendations for simplifying grants administration, grantee-implemented solutions to manage data collection/monitoring/reporting, which indicators or data elements could be eliminated, ways to more efficiently report and share data, and ways to map and measure reduced HIV reporting burdens.
The RFI is available here with comments due by close of business on Sept. 21.
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